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The lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco


No Nonsense Luxury Hotel in San Francisco


Enjoying a convenient SoMa location just blocks from Union Square, the Four Seasons San Francisco offers a retreat for both business and leisure travelers. Guests enter from Market Street or a quiet cul-de-sac, then check in with the personable staff at the fifth-floor lobby, granting them access to all the hotel’s impressive features, such as the luxurious accommodations, 15,000 square feet of meeting and event space located on the floor just below and 127,000 square feet dedicated to fitness and wellness on the second and third floors. The 277 guest rooms and suites provide guests with creature comforts such as down duvets and pillows, thick terry bathrobes, twice daily housekeeping, an iHome alarm clock, multi-line phone with voicemail, in-room safe, refrigerated private bar, Wi-Fi and floor-to-ceiling windows. On-site amenities include a 75-foot junior Olympic pool, a 24-hour business center, a private art collection of 90+ works and MKT Restaurant – Bar. The menu features a local, California-inspired cuisine of steaks and small plates, as well as artisanal cocktails, craft beers and California wines.

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The Cuba Cruise ship, Louis Cristal


by John and Sandra Nowlan


Cuba is not your traditional Caribbean cruise destination. Because of the U.S. embargo, it’s an entirely different experience that, until this year, has not been possible. But finally, thanks to a Canadian-based company called Cuba Cruise partnering with a Greek cruise line, travelers can enjoy the authentic Cuba, visiting five ports and interacting with the locals as the cruise ship, Louis Cristal, circumnavigates the island each week.

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The Valencia Suite at Rancho Valencia in Rancho Santa Fe, California


R&R Paradise


At this Mediterranean-inspired SoCal escape, private gates open onto 45 acres of gardens, olive groves and 49 casitas, which have all been thoughtfully renovated (along with the restaurant, bar, meeting spaces, spa and fitness center) to the tune of $30 million. Better yet, more than seven miles of fields dedicated to polo and horse training separate the all-suite Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa from the I-5 freeway, guaranteeing peace and quiet for guests.

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The infinity pool at Hyatt Regency Trinidad


by Natalie Compagno


Known for its annual Carnival, a ’round-the-clock spectacle and celebration unlike any other in the world, Trinidad is a colorful melting pot often associated with wild costumes and late night revelry. It also boasts untouched beaches, some of the world’s best bird-watching and a Calypso music scene that invented the steelpan. The food here is sophisticated and spicy, and celebrity chefs and street vendors are revered equally, while Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines influence almost every dish. Added to the mix are the oil and natural gas companies in the capital of Port of Spain that drive the robust (for the Caribbean) economy. For a time the creation of a single hotel catering to all aspects of this island nation seemed near impossible — until 2008 and the arrival of the Hyatt Regency Trinidad.

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Walking the French Quarter on Mardi Gras Day is an experience like no other. (Credit: Jenny Peters)


A Guide to Carnival and Mardi Gras in New Orleans

by Jenny Peters


If you’re lucky enough to be spending Mardi Gras in the Big Easy, make sure to read this primer first. “Carnival” describes the weeks leading up to Mardi Gras Day (also known as Fat Tuesday), the day before Lent, the Catholic time of atonement, begins. And while some in New Orleans use that term, most just call all of the season of revelry “Mardi Gras.” It actually begins on Epiphany, January 6; but the big celebrations and major parades really happen in the last two weeks leading into Mardi Gras Day (which is a city-wide holiday in NOLA).

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The exterior of Hotel Giraffe in New York City


When it comes to choosing a great hotel, it isn’t always about “location, location, location.” But a convenient space in one of Manhattan’s trendiest neighborhoods sure doesn’t hurt. Named after owner/entrepreneur Henry Kallan’s favorite animal, Hotel Giraffe enjoys an opportune spot on the corner of Park Avenue South and 26th Street in NoMad, or north of Madison Square Park, which is also home to a creative business community made up of architecture, Internet and design firms. The building was purpose-built in the late 1990s to house the Library Hotel Collection’s Giraffe Hotel, which opened in 1999.

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Win a trip to Brazil courtesy of Expedition Brazil.
Or you could win Dinner for Two in the GAYOT.com/Fogo de Chão Giveaway.

Adventure Brazil

Dreaming of a vacation on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro or exploring the bustling nightlife and world-class shopping of São Paulo? How about a cultural tour through the capital city of Brasília and outdoor adventures or a food and wine focused traditional gaucho experience through Southern Brazil?

 

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Exterior of a Gulfstream GIV, one of the aircraft available in the Lufthansa Private Jet service

Lufthansa Private Jet, German airline Deutsche Lufthansa AG’s private jet service, is offering direct flights to more than 1,000 destinations within North America, Europe, the Russian Federation and North Africa.


Onboard Lufthansa Private Jets, which can be booked on short notice, passengers can enjoy catering and entertainment suited to their personal preferences. On the ground, Lufthansa Private Jet passengers will be chauffeured to and from the airport via limousine service and will have access to VIP services and First Class lounges at all major departure and arrival airports.

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Telescope image of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo as it takes off on its supersonic journey


Virgin Galactic is making history while pioneering commercial space travel. On Jan 10th, 2014, the SpaceShipTwo, a rocket-powered space vehicle, successfully completed its third rocket-powered supersonic flight. After taking off from the Mojave Air and Space Port in the California Mojave Desert at 7:22 a.m. local time, pilot Dave Mackay and co-pilot Mark Stucky reached an altitude of 71,000 feet – SS2’s highest altitude to date – and a supersonic speed of Mach 1.4. Following a series of similar tests, Virgin Galactic and partners expect to test full space flight within the year.

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A guest room at Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace in Las Vegas


What do you get when world-renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa and two-time Academy Award-winner Robert De Niro get together? A modern luxury hotel, of course.


April 2013 marked the beginning of Matsuhisa’s hotel venture, when his first lodging opened as a hotel within a hotel at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. But the duo’s collaboration didn’t start there, as De Niro co-funded and provided creative direction for Nobu restaurants, and was also responsible for bringing the Japan-born Los Angeles celebrity chef, who has opened restaurants worldwide including Peru, to New York.

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